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About The Boathouse at Kits Beach

Overlooking the hottest beach in Vancouver -- The Boathouse on Kits Beach is a legendary spot to hang out both summer and winter. Join us on our heated, covered deck for year round patio dining, or in the bar and restaurant for the best view of the waterfront and Kits Beach action.

The Boathouse Waterfront Restaurant has been specializing in fresh seafood from the Westcoast of British Columbia and around the world since 1981. Our team of chefs prepare each dish with a focus on fresh flavours and feature premium ingredients including seasonally selected fresh fish and seafood, premium oysters and Certified Angus steaks.

With a commitment to serving wild & sustainable seafood, the Boathouse selects only Oceanwise fish. With stunning outdoor patios, fabulous westcoast decor and spectacular views, Boathouse is a favourite for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch and has become known as one of the best places in Vancouver and on the Westcoast for waterfront dining.

1305 Arbutus Street
Vancouver, BC V6J 5N2
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Northwest, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Thurs - 11am-9:30pm;
Fri - 11am-10:30pm;
Sat - 10am-10:30pm;
Sun - 10am-10pm;
Sat/Sunday Brunch - 10am-2pm

Cross Street:
Cornwall & Arbutus

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(604) 738-5487

Website:
http://www.boathouserestaurants.ca/

Public Transit:
The Boathouse at Kits Beach is located off Cornwall which is directly on a major bus route #22 MacDonald.

Executive Chef:
Brent Fisher

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Boathouse at Kits Beach Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.1

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (37)
Waterfront (34)
Good for Birthdays (27)
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Good for Anniversaries (21)
Good for a Date (20)
Special Occasion (19)
Casual (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Great for Lunch (12)
Romantic (12)
Comfort Food (9)
Great for Brunch (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Business Meals (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Healthy (7)
People Watching (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Cozy (3)
Fun (3)
Great Beer (3)
Seasonal (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

My wife and I went for dinner there recently for Valentine’s dinner on the Saturday following actual Valentine’s. We were both looking forward to King crab and were sadly disappointed. Not only was the crab served cold but unlike previous experiences, the crab was not precut for ease of enjoying. Despite this, we persevered and did our best to ignore the sharp shell digging into our fingers. The butter that was served with our bread, had fridge-like flavor and even though we sent it back, the next one was exactly the same just as the server predicted it would be. The experience was unfortunate as it reminded us that we could create a better experience in the comfort of our own home. That is likely what we will do next Valentine’s. Too bad because in the past, we have have had good experiences.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 7 days ago

Did the Valentine's Day set menu. Was a lovely ambience and we were lucky to get the corner round table. Service from our server was impeccable. Food was good but nothing impressive. Cheers, DeadFoodiesSociety.

Tags: Tapas, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 7 days ago

The set Valentines Day menu was awesome! Service was friendly and on point! Had an amazing view of the sunset! Made for a great date night! Would recommend!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined 7 days ago

Good experience. Place clean, friendly and beautiful.
My reservation was ok when I arrived. Food delicious, but few options.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Visited during the extension period for the 2018 Dine Out Vancouver menu in mid-February 2018. Great window seat with a superb view of Kits Beach and the sunset. It was chilly outside, but overhead heaters kept the temperature comfortable. Our server was cheerful and efficient. Food was delicious, perfect portion sizes. Mocha ice cream cake dessert looked like it would be too big, but it was surprisingly light and a nice way to end the evening. Reliable restaurant with a scenic Wow! factor to impress your out-of-town guests.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The heating is not working well enough, there should be a better temperature control, when the heat came on it was very overwhelming when we were there.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Great for Brunch
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Happily got a reservation with a window seat here relatively last-minute and was pleasantly surprised when Dine Out Vancouver menu had been extended. Had a great steak dinner with salad and scrumptious crème brûlé for $30. Perfectly sized portions. Great service and fireplace was a nice touch. Parking was not that expensive but would have been nice to have it comped.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We have been here before in the summer and with the sunset it felt a lot more cozy but in the winter the ambience was not very cozy and it was loud over crowded and the food had no flavour! I love the boat house usually but this was definitely worst experience

Tags: Happy Hour, People Watching
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 3, 2018

This was our first time dining at the Boathouse/Kits Beach. The location is gorgeous - right on the beach so you could see the lights of the city and the ships even through the Vancouver rain, and since it's at the beach there is an abundance of parking (although we were there in February). The food was hot, tasty and beautifully presented and the kitchen easily accommodate my gluten allergy (I had the sablefish with a butter/lemon sauce substitute for the miso glaze). What differentiated our experience, though, was the excellent service. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great meal during Dine Out Vancouver and really attentive service. Nice warm bread to start and plenty of food for the 3 course meal.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 2, 2018

i haven't been to the boathouse in quite awhile..but came for the dine-out..we had a table by the window which added to our pleasure..it was my friends birthday so it was a nice get together..our server was very attentive and helpful with menu questions..the food was excellent..would definitely come back to have dinner or lunch again

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Late-night Find
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Over all was good. I prepare downtown location to compare with this location. This place is more family oriented, lots of kids. It is not quite so if you are looking for romantic and quite place go to downtown. Food is good. If you have large family, this place set up is way better than downtown.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Good quality, but not as flavourful as I would have liked, especially for the prices. Good service and ambiance.

Tags: Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Lovely location, but no parking/access for disabled

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Good atmosphere, server was very friendly. I was not expecting top notch quality because it's during the dineout festival. But food was decent and healthy options are available, overall it was great value and an amazing view even on a rainy day. My only critique is that the creme brulee topping was way too thick (almost 1 mm???), I could not break it with my spoon in one go, and a bit chewy!? Because the sugar was too thick, it retained a lot of heat (over-torched?), making the custard a bit too runny.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Amazing, got the steak in the dineout and was delish, my boyfriend got fish and chips great size portion and equally tasty. The mocha ice cream cake was fab too.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Had a enjoyable dinner we ordered ribs and I ordered one lobster tail (small) and we were charged 39.95 less a $20.00 promo so for a very small lobster tail it was $19.95. Overpriced. Our friend had the eat out Vancouver menu, the fish and chips and there was a lot of food there. It looked good. Our ribs were very good and I got extra sauce as I like a lot.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food and service. Would have liked it if our server had asked us if we’d like coffee or tea with our dessert but otherwise no complaints.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We were meeting family from out of town. Such a great place to show off the city! Had a window table which was lovely.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Very noisy; we could hardly hear each other - although it's a large restaurant, the way the acoustics are, it made for a noisy and less comfortable dining experience. Also the dinner of steak was chewy (not tender).

Tags: Scenic View, Casual
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Server was extremely excellent. The disappointment was after we left. My son only ate most of the fries, out of his 2 slider burger meal. We asked for all the food for my son and newphew to be packed up. Was very disappointed to see only one slider in the box. He hadn't even had one bite of meat. There should have been 2 sliders in the box as well as the couple of fries. Haven't spoken to my sister yet hope half of her sons food wasn't missing. A complete waste of food to throw one whole untouched burger in the garbage? Why? Made me start thinking that perhaps it was accidentally thrown in the garbage and were only able to salvage one out of the garbage. I was completely grossed out assuring myself thats what happened So there was no way I was feeding my son a burger from the garbage so I had no choice but to throw it out. And had to go out of my way to go pick him up McDonald's as I had not made him dinner, knowing he had 2 full sliders to eat.😕

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Do not go if you have a big party (when tips are a mandatory 15%). Our server (Lauren) made no effort to ensure everything was right during our 2 hours dinning time. She's getting 15% tip no matter what so I guess there is no need to provide any good service.

Couple of things that we did not like:

- She missed some of our appetizer and did not even realize until we let her know after we finished our appetizers. She made no apologies for this mistake at all.
- This was during dine out period, and 4 of us at the table ordered the $40 menu (CAB steak with crab topping) and what we got was the regular steak from the $30 menu instead. We were confused at first and wanted to ask our server (lauren), and obviously she's no where to be found. She never came back to ask how our food was. I had to flag her down at the end and then she realized we got the wrong meal. She ended up only giving us the crab topping. I am pretty sure we got the '$30 steak' instead of the '$40 CAB steak with crab toppings'. Once again, she made no apologies for this mistake at all.
- When we finished dessert, I asked for the bill cause my mom was in a rush to get to work after dinner. Lauren once again acknowledges she'll get me the bill, but decided to chat with her colleagues for 10mins before she goes and print the bill from the machine. During this 10mins, she did nothing except chatting with her colleagues. I really wanted to pay less tips if I have the options because I do not feel Lauren did anything during our dinner.

Overall, it was not a good experience and I do not intend to go back anytime soon.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Great dine out meal for a very reasonable price. Already recommended it to a friend who will be dining there with his friends this Saturday.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 22, 2018

We were a group of five, which included out-of-town family. Everyone ordered different items, ranging from vegan to fish or steak and every meal was excellent in all ways. The service was impeccable; the view amazing; and the overall ambiance was perfect for visiting.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Waterfront
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 22, 2018

We had great service and the server was very friendly. Food order was taken quickly and our food arrived piping hot and was delicious. Beautiful setting and ambience gave us a great dining experience.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Our waitress was awful. She never asked us if we wanted a second drink, all of the drinks were empty when dinner was served and remained empty until desert when she took away the plates - and even then we had to ask for another drink while she walked away. Had the dine out menu, barely any flavour. Disappointed.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The service was impeccable and the food just delicious.

Tags: Healthy, Disabled Access, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 19, 2018

A friend and I got together for dinner at the Boathouse. We had the 3 course Dine Out Vancouver special. I had the coconut cod and he had the steak. Both were excellent. Hot, tasty, sufficient portions, creatively presented and done to a T. Excellent value. I’ll go back. It’s in my neighborhood and could become my go-to restaurant.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 15, 2018

La atención estuvo excelente, el lugar tiene una vista al mar y a las montañas increíble. La comida esta muy buena y precio calidad esta bien

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 8, 2018

I like the ambiance the food was really great and affordable!

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Restaurant is beautiful- right on kits beach with quite a nice view. We were here for an anniversary and the food was quite mediocre for the high price tag. We had steak and crab stuffed prawns which were good but not great. Service was great.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 5, 2018

It's a pleasant dining experience. The glass of Jackson Triggs and the base ball cut sirloin steak were a good match. The Crème Blulee was a good finish of our dinner. The waiter did just proper of serving, and no pressure throughout. We will come back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Always a solid choice, the view on a sunny day is killer!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Unfortunately the food was not what it should be for the premium cost of NYE. Strip Steak was tough and sides were cold.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We were there for the New Year's dinner.They have a set menu.We ordered grilled Salmon ...the fish was cold and was not what we were expecting for the price tag...the plate presentation was not pleasing. The fish was very dry...we did not have too many options.
The server was good and very polite.
Will never recommend.

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

NYE brunch, good service and food. Brunch menu could be bigger.

Tags: Scenic View, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Waterfront
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Perfect place on quiet day during the holiday season to catch up with friend.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 26, 2017

i booked this restaurant in advance for my wife's birthday and mentioned in special request notes that it was for her birthday and i would like something like a cake and candles to celebrate and they seem to not have noticed anything and didnt mention anything but they noticed our reservation on the computer with my name. I ordered the coconut cod and didnt like it and ordered the chicken burger same as my wife which tasted better but it was my first and last time to boathouse restaurant. the price is too high for the quality. i spend the same at some other restaurant and get way better food quality satisfaction and service.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 26, 2017

This was a last minute dinner choice for a group of 13 and this Boathouse was able to accommodate. The venue is quite big and atmosphere was lively but not too loud. The food was great and the staff were very attentive. All in all a very memorable experience. Will definitely return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Waitress was excellent. We were not hurried and she let us take our time.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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